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Old 01-24-08, 09:11 AM   #1
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Default Does overclocking reduce the life of your CPU?

Im wondering if overclocking a CPU will it reduce the life of it. I overclocked my q6600 to 3.2 will that significantly decrease the life? Just wondering because I dont want to burn up my $280 part. I don't have that much money as it is. Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 01-24-08, 09:15 AM   #2
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Default Re: Does overclocking reduce the life of your CPU?

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just use a good cooler.

heat will reduce the lifespan of your processor.
I have a Zalman 9700. Its the biggest and best CPU fan that I could find. Do i have to worry with that attached?
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Old 01-24-08, 09:37 AM   #3
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Default Re: Does overclocking reduce the life of your CPU?

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Im wondering if overclocking a CPU will it reduce the life of it. I overclocked my q6600 to 3.2 will that significantly decrease the life? Just wondering because I dont want to burn up my $280 part. I don't have that much money as it is. Thanks in advance for your help.
Yes, but put it this way... It will reduce its life from 20 years down to 10. You planning on keeping that CPU that long?
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Old 01-24-08, 10:18 AM   #4
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Default Re: Does overclocking reduce the life of your CPU?

This isn't an exact science. Noone knows, really, how long a given overclock will affect any individual part over x period of time. It's just a guess.

I've seen a video card that overclocked fine for six months begin to fail at what was once a stable set of clocks. Back to stock and it was OK. Heat was not an issue at all. It just up and decided one day that it had enough. This isn't necessarily a common occurrence - but it certainly does happen. And it can happen to any part that is pushed past specs.
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yes it does, it is evil and it will push your grandma down the stairs as well
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Old 01-24-08, 12:55 PM   #6
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Default Re: Does overclocking reduce the life of your CPU?

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I have a Zalman 9700. Its the biggest and best CPU fan that I could find. Do i have to worry with that attached?

doesn't matter how big it is, temps matter.
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Old 01-24-08, 01:00 PM   #7
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Never seen an overclocked CPU die. The only CPUs I've ever seen that failed were running at stock speeds and must have just been defective.

I'd say of all of the components out there, CPUs are the most reliable, long lasting and well tested for quality control. I wouldn't worry about ever losing one unless you plan on doing "extreme" overclocking that requires phase change cooling or voltage modding.
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yes it does, it is evil and it will push your grandma down the stairs as well
No.... that's your cat....



Overclocking will reduce the life of your processor, but what does it matter? As long as it's adequately cooled, you're going to get plenty of life out of it... 3-4 years minimum.
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I know everyone's probably heard it 500 times already, but my old Athlon XP 1700+ Thoroughbred B core CPU has been running at 2Ghz (533Mhz overclock) on a Thermalright SK-7, in an Abit NF7-S for a little over 5 years now. Almost 24\7 and always busy.

I really wouldn't worry about wearing out any CPU.
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People that say overclocking reduces the life of a PC are just repeating what they've heard somewhere, but nobody has actually had it happen to them.


Now, electromigration, where a combination of excessive current AND heat, is very common, but is mostly due to using too much voltage to reach your overclock, and cooling won't really help. Even then, what usually happens is a certain overclock is no longer stable, but the component still works.
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I have a Zalman 9700. Its the biggest and best CPU fan that I could find. Do i have to worry with that attached?
Thats a great HSF and exactly what I use. Assuming you have looked at your temps... its a very good air cooler and you should be fine I try to keep my full load temps under 60C.
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I wouldn't say the higher clocks reduce your components' lives, but voltage increases may.
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